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What's So Special About Special Interest Groups?

Participation in ACLEA Special Interest Groups (SIGs) is one of the most popular benefits of ACLEA membership. SIGs make it easy to connect with others in ACLEA who share the unique professional interests and concerns you experience in your daily role within the larger CLE provider network.


What is a SIG?

A Special Interest Group is a self-selected subdivision of the larger ACLEA membership. Just as CLE providers turn to ACLEA for professional networking within the CLE community, ACLEA members rely on SIGs to identify others in the Association who have the same specialized professional responsibilities, interests and concerns and offer a more targeted information-exchange opportunity among the broader resource pool of ACLEA colleagues.


A Valued Tradition

ACLEA members who share common professional responsibilities and interests have been networking for years at ACLEA Midyear and Annual Meetings. Once an informal activity, our SIGs have evolved to become a reliable and welcome presence in both our annual and midyear meetings through dedicated direction by our SIG leaders and active participation by SIG members. Regularly scheduled meetings and lunch discussions at annual and midyear ACLEA meetings make it easy for members, especially those newer to the organization, to identify their peer groups and connect with them to exchange ideas and discuss timely concerns. SIGs also play a crucial role in the planning and execution of our annual and midyear meetings by suggesting topics and finding panelists.


Becoming Actively Involved

SIG members go beyond their informative discussions and networking to contribute more broadly to ACLEA, advising our meeting planning chairs on program ideas, serving as faculty, volunteering for special projects related to their focus area and reaching out to members between meetings with electronic and other forms of communication. There are always SIG members who step up to support ACLEA's mission of "serving the CLE professional through education and leadership" in a variety of ways from creating new publications for ACLEA members to developing teleconferencing seminars to contributing to the association's newsletter. SIG members seem to find this active involvement as professionally stimulating as the networking and informational exchanges.

SIGs are a great way to develop your leadership potential and feel actively engaged in ACLEA. Whether you contribute a great program idea or offer to lead a series of e-mail discussions between meetings, our SIGs provide a welcoming and friendly forum for jumping into discussions and volunteer activities.


Looking for Leaders

ACLEA is always looking for new leaders to get involved in the ACLEA SIGs and Committees. Do you have a suggestion or know of someone who might fit the bill? Email us at aclea@aclea.org


SIG Leadership

Executive Leadership | International | Marketing | Programming | Publications | Entrepreneurs | In House | Law School | Local / Specialty Bars | Technology | Nationals |State / Provincial Bars


Executive Leadership

Description:
The Executive Leadership SIG provides an informal forum for those who are in top leadership positions in CLE organizations to share concerns, strategies, resources and problems. Luncheon discussions at ACLEA mid-year and annual meetings have been a primary venue for information exchanges, and members have contributed to many workshop sessions on various leadership topics at the same meetings.


Co-Chair:
Terry Burnett
SC Bar
Term expires August 2018


Co-Chair:
Jill Castleman
Georgetown Law CLE  
Term expires August 2019


International

Description:
This SIG focuses on issues relating to continuing legal education in jurisdictions around the world and provides updates on current international CLE trends. This SIG also encourages participation from non-North American ACLEA members.


Co-Chair:
Sarah Collins
Law Society of NSW
Term expires August 2018


Co-Chair:
Eileen Meed
Law Society of Manitoba
Term expires August 2019


Marketing

Description:
Marketing topics enter discussions across many Special Interest Groups but they have center stage at the Marketing SIG meetings and lunches where members are directly responsible for the marketing strategies and operations that ensure both healthy consumer support for their CLE products and services and profitability for their organizations. Our meetings and discussions focus on keeping current with techniques and strategies for members who are responsible for sophisticated marketing operations as well as mentoring our newer members in devising successful marketing programs for their organizations.


Co-Chair:
Daniel McHugh
NITA
Term expires August 2018


Co-Chair:
Jennifer Oppenheimer
Virginia CLE
Term expires August 2019


Programming

Description:
ACLEA members responsible for designing and developing conferences, seminars, and workshops can join this SIG to discuss topics, exchange ideas, and share insights (and some laughs too!) in an open and collegial environment.


Co-Chair:
Dan Becker
American Bar Association
Term expires August 2018


Co-Chair:
Heidi Ray
Colorado Bar Association CLE
Term expires August 2019


Publications

Description:

Books are us. The Publications SIG comprises a significant portion of ACLEA members who share a common interest in legal publishing. Whether we publish our books on paper or electronically, we all endeavor to produce high-quality legal information that is accurate and up-to-date, in formats that are both practical and aesthetically pleasing. The Publications SIG provides a forum for exchanging ideas and experience to help each of us achieve that goal. Our members include publications directors, legal and technical editors, information technologists, production staff, product managers, and marketers. We encourage anyone with an interest in legal publications to join us. Remember, you can post a message to the Publications listserv.

To make it easy to check out what your fellow Publications SIG members are doing online, we collected links and put them in the list that follows. If your organization isn't represented here and you want to have it added, send an email with your link to ACLEA Headquarters.

Links to CLE Online Bookstores


Co-Chair:
Amy McFadden
Illinois ICLE
Term expires August 2018


Co-Chair:
Jill Hoefling
State Bar of Texas
Term expires August 2019


Technology

Description:
Although every CLE provider is concerned with technology issues both operationally and in the realm of products and services, the Technology SIG tends to draw those who are directly charged with designing or selecting, implementing and maintaining the technology solutions that reach all aspects of how we develop, market and deliver CLE and operate our CLE organizations. Our meetings and exchanges typically explore the latest developments in technology that will affect our role as CLE providers and how to respond to the challenges of adapting relevant applications to our existing operations.


Co-Chair:
Conor Jensen
Texas Bar Books
Term expires August 2018


Co-Chair:
Mary Volk
State Bar of Texas
Term expires August 2019



Entrepreneurs

Description:
Independent CLE providers, vendors, and professional speakers.


Co-Chair:
Michael Kahn
ReelTime CLE
Term expires August 2018


Co-Chair:
Kim Kett
Gtxcel
Term expires August 2019


In House

Description:
Law firms and other organizations that develop and conduct continuing legal education programs internally primarily for the benefits of their own employees.


Co-Chair:
Erica Larios
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Term expires August 2018


Co-Chair:
Ruta Stropus
Katten Mcuhin Rosenman LLP
Term expires August 2019


Law School

Description:
Law schools and affiliated organizations that develop and conduct continuing legal education programs for the benefit of alumni, faculty, students, and employees of that law school as well as for the legal community.


Co-Chair:
Natasha Lacoste
Loyola University School of Law
Term expires August 2018
 


Co-Chair:
Seth Snyder
UMKC School of Law
Term expires August 2019


Local / Specialty Bars

Description:
City, county, and similar bar associations and other special-interest legal organizations that develop and conduct continuing legal education programs primarily for the benefit of their own members or for lawyers in a specialized practice area.


Co-Chair:
Erin Monahan
Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Term expires August 2018


Co-Chair:
Raquel Cabading
Bar Association of San Francisco
Term expires August 2019


Nationals

Description:
Organizations that develop and conduct continuing legal education programs on a broad range of topics in multiple locations throughout a nation or country for the legal community in general.


Co-Chair:
Gina Roers-Liemandt
American Bar Association
Term expires August 2018


Co-Chair:

Bryan Monroe
Lexvid
Term expires August 2019



State / Provincial Bars

Description:
State, provincial, and similar bar associations and other currently or historically affiliated nonprofit organizations that develop and conduct continuing legal education programs on a broad range of topics primarily for the benefit of the member of that bar.


Co-Chair:
Cindy Neagle
The Missouri Bar
Term expires August 2018


Co-Chair:
Tim Slating
Illinois State Bar Association
Term expires August 2019


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